Puerto Rico Study-Away Institute: Sustaining Island Communities, Perseverance and Resilience: Apply Now!

Faculty are invited to apply to study-away in Puerto Rico this spring (January 5-12, 2019*)! 

Explore the theme of Sustaining Island Communities: Perseverance and Resilience as the backdrop for learning how to engage students in local-to-global immersive learning experiences, and design and implement a study-away experience in Puerto Rico!

Spend seven (7) engaging days exploring the urban (San Juan) and rural (Las Marias) areas of Puerto Rico with Plentitud PR to gain a student’s perspective on a local-to-global study-away experience and to learn what goes into the planning and preparation for such an experience.

This program theme will focus on ways in which the resilient people of Puerto Rico have persevered through Hurricane Maria and how they have begun to rebuild a sustainable future in terms of business and tourism, agriculture, education, health care, housing, and culture.

Using a “Train-the-Trainer” approach, faculty participants will be encouraged to consider this immersive, study away experience as a model for the design of their own study away program in their respective discipline.


Location: Las Marias and San Juan, Puerto Rico

Targeted Faculty: eight (8) faculty from any discipline

Anticipated Program Dates: January 5-12, 2019* 

Total Estimated Cost: $2,000 (per individual)

  • Contribution from QEP: $1,500 (per individual)
  • Cost-share: $500 (per individual)**

How to Apply

  • Application deadline: September 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm
  • All Appalachian State University faculty are encouraged to apply
  • Limited to eight (8) participants
  • Notification of acceptance: October 5, 2018
    • Participants will confirm their intention to participate by October 12, 2018

Apply now!

The Fine Print

Funded by a QEP grant. Covered costs include:

  • One (1) night lodging in San Juan, PR
  • Transportation to and from Las Marias, PR
  • Six (6) nights lodging in Las Marias, PR
  • Most meals
  • All materials, including a copy of Neal W. Sobania’s Putting the Local into Global Education

Generous funding from the Office of the QEP is provided. A reasonable cost-share** is expected from the Dean of the applicant’s college/school and their department.


  • Required seminars: one prior to study trip and one upon return
  • Selected readings from the Sobania book
  • Development of project plan focused on content-specific thematic study-away integration
  • Participation in online sharing during the program

Questions? Please contact one of the facilitators for additional information:

*+/- a day to secure best pricing on airfare
**Please speak with your department chair and dean regarding cost-sharing.

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Published: Sep 19, 2018 3:32pm